Coldly Calculating: Death Comes in Threes

Coldly Calculating: Death Comes in Threes

April 6, 2016 Coldly Calculating Writing Prompts 0
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I will be your host each week as we probe the darker corners of your imagination. This series is meant to help feed your mystery/horror muse, so try to give us chills! The prompt is open to interpretation, but try to include the phrase somewhere in your piece.

This week’s prompt is:



You have probably heard this etymology. It becomes especially popular when there are celebrity deaths or natural disasters. This is also known as a Confirmation bias, which is the tendency to search for information in a way that confirms one’s hypotheses while giving less consideration to alternative possibilities. In fact, there are many variations of the “in threes” phrases and it’s thought that 3 is often used because of the numbers significance to many beliefs. (The Holy Trinity, the Triple Goddess.) Write a short story that incorporates this phrase in any way you choose. I like it dark, don’t be afraid to push the envelope.

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The rules are simple:

  1. Read the prompt and the history behind the phrase.
  2. Write a story 700 words or less answering the challenge.
  3. Share the URL to your story in the comments OR, if you don’t have your own blog, share your story in the comments. Either way, it will be seen.
  4. Please keep your stories pg-13 or under since this is a public page. Add trigger warnings where necessary. Keep vulgarity to a minimum.
  5. Have FUN!

Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!



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